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100th Year

Sept. 2, 2010

Calendar highlights:

Dr. Don Maness has book signing
1 p.m., third-floor programs and exhibitions area, Dean B. Ellis Library

Bradbury Gallery presents "True Grit," through Sunday, Oct. 3

From the Academic Calendar:

Late registration,

Monday-Friday, Aug. 30-Sept. 3

Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 6


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License agreement for U.S. News & World Report badge
ASU has been authorized to use the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Badge for Regional Colleges-South for the next 12 months. The license agreement covers print and digital rights. It is a requirement that the badge, when used for digital purposes, must link directly to the Arkansas State University-Jonesboro overview webpage within the U.S. News & World Report website, The badge cannot appear smaller than 1.125 inches in width in any printed material or smaller than 85 pixels wide on screen. It is prohibited to alter, manipulate or remove any trademark/copyright from the logo. All usage of the logo must be approved by an agency of U.S. News prior to productionApprovals are granted within 24 hours. Contact Publications and Creative Services at ext. 3400 regarding the digital image of the logo and approval of its usage. For more information on ASU's ranking in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Johnson-Leslie, Steve Leslie, to sign books Sept. 9
Dr. Natalie Johnson-Leslie, Teacher Education, and H. Steve Leslie, Interactive Teaching and Technology Center, have recently published a children’s book, "ABC’s of Surviving School Violence." They will be signing copies of the book at ASU's Cooper Alumni Center on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The goal of “ABC’s of Surviving School Violence" is to educate and inform parents, children, teachers, administrators, and the public at large about school violence by emphasizing practical, common-sense strategies that could save lives. The authors will be reading from the book as well as signing copies which will be available for purchase at a special discounted price of $12 by those who attend. Co-sponsoring the event are Liberty Bank of Arkansas and ASU's College of Communications. Refreshments will be served. For details, contact Dr. Natalie Johnson-Leslie at ext. 3947, H. Steve Leslie at ext. 2307, visit the book's website, ABC's of Surviving School Violence, or see the NewsPage release.

Dr. McGregor, Dr. Maness, present poster at meeting
Dr. Loretta Neal McGregor, chair, Psychology and Counseling, and Dr. Don C. Dr. Loretta Neal McGregorManess, Teacher Education, dean, College of Education, presented a posDr. Don Manesster, "Incivility in higher education: A matter of perception," at the 113th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. The meeting was held in San Diego, Ca., in August. The paper was based on research conducted among faculty members in four-year public and private colleges and universities in Arkansas. Dr. McGregor also served as the discussant on the symposium "Psychology, psychology students, and scientific literacy---Implications for teaching." During the conference, Dr. McGregor completed a three-year term as the program chairperson for Division 2: Teaching of Psychology. As program chairperson, she was responsible for the development of the entire Division 2 program that appeared at the conference.

Dr. Hartwig conducts on-site inspection for honor society
Dr. Charles Hartwig, Political Science, conducted an on-site inspection visit to Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) in St. Louis in July, as part of the approval process for HSSU’s application for a chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, the international honor society in social sciences. Dr. Hartwig, who is the chancellor of the South/Southwest Region of Pi Gamma Mu, met with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and the president of the urban university, in addition to touring the school, which has seen rapid growth during the past decade. The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.

ASU Museum presents video, 'A Pearl's Journey'
The ASU Museum recently added a short movie, "A Pearl's Journey," to its website. The video was produced by the Advanced Video Production class, Radio/Television department, College of Communications. Based on a true story unearthed during Lenore Shoults’ dissertation research about Arkansas’s shell and pearl industries, the video tells the story of a large pearl of “dazzling beauty” discovered in 1902 and the men vying to purchase the gem. The film features R/TV students and faculty and one JournalismIn a still photograph from the film, R/TV instructor Alex Brown portrays W.O. Bird, the Black Rock pharmacist who financed the purchase of the dazzling large pearl found in Arkansas in 1902. faculty member. The cast includes John Steele as Conner; Alex Brown, instructor, R/TV, as W. O. Bird; Dr. Jack Zibluk, Journalism, as McCaleb; Jake Pendergist and Chris Shotwell as pearl buyers; Tracy Wineland as guard; and Aaron Reddick supplying the voiceover narrative. Lenore Shoults, assistant director, ASU Museum, served as the film's executive producer, while Alex Brown was the film's faculty supervisor. The crew included R/TV students Aaron Reddick, Eva Shotwell, John Steele, and John Roberts. Zibluk plays McCaleb, the “bronzed knight of the river,” who found the pearl and held out for the enormous sum--at that time--of $1,000 as the pearl's price. Brown played the part of W. O. Bird, the Black Rock A still photograph from the film, "A Pearl's Journey," depicts Dr. Jack Zibluk, professor of Journalism, as pearl finder McCaleb.pharmacist who financed the purchase of the pearl. Brown also guided the creative efforts of the video production class in recreating the scene, securing talent, gathering props, and shooting and editing the video. "A Pearl's Journey" was based on Glynda Stewart's article which appeared in the Lawrence County Historical Quarterly, 1978, and Jennie McKenney's article written in 1989 for the Lawrence County Historical Society. View the movie at a kiosk located in the ASU Museum, see the video online at the museum's webpage, or view it on YouTube. For details, contact Lenore Shoults at ext. 2074.
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